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Canyonlands National Park Suggested Activities

Overlook talk at Grand View Point 1 hour

Drive to Grand View Point and enjoy a broad view of the entire park. If time permits, visit Buck or Shafer Canyon overlooks along the way. 2 hours

Visit Grand View Point, Upheaval Dome (1 mile hike to rim and back) and Green River overlooks. Hike the .5 mile loop nature trail to Mesa Arch.

Half day

Visit all of the above and enjoy many of the other short, mesa top nature trails to features like Whale Rock or Aztec Butte. Attend a ranger-led program at Grand View Point (overlook talks are usually given twice daily). Visitors with four-wheel-drive may consider returning to Moab via the Shafer Trail and Potash roads.

Full day

Hike several of the mesa top trails or one of the longer trails like Syncline or Murphy loops. With four-wheel-drive, explore the White Rim Road as far as Musselman Arch or travel to the Colorado River via Lathrop.

Many days

Use the Willow Flat Campground as a base camp and explore the district on foot or in a vehicle. Backpack into Taylor Canyon for a night, or to the Colorado River via Lathrop Canyon. Consider a multi-day, four-wheel-drive or mountain bike trip along the White Rim Road (reservations recommended).

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